Happy Onam 2022

Happy Onam 2023 | Dates Significance Observations Wishes

Onam, a ten-day-long festival in Kerala, celebrates the homecoming of King Mahabali and honours Lord Vishnu’s Vaman avatar. The people of Kerala immerse themselves in the joyous festivities and make the most of this auspicious occasion. Happy Onam 2023 to all!

Dates and Timings of Onam 2023

The festival of Onam falls on Thiruvonam Nakshatram (Shravana Asterism) which is August-September on the English calendar. It begins with Atham (Hasta) Nakshatram and ends on Thiruvonam (Shravana) Nakshatram.

Atham20 August 2023Pookalam with flowers
Chithira21 August 2023Cleaning of the entire house
Chodi22 August 2023Meet and exchange gifts(Onakodi)
Vishakam23 August 2023A feast of 24 cuisines(Onam Sadhya )
Anizham 24 August 2023The snake boat race begins
Thriketta25 August 2023Children begin prayers
Moolam26 August 2023Onam Sadhya and dance performances
Pooradam27 August 2023Idols are cleaned
First Onam28 August 2023Buy fruits and vegetables
Third Onam (Avittom)30 August 2023Mahabali’s Idol Immersion
Fourth Onam (Chatayam)31 August 2023Boat race event and celebrations
Thiruonam Onam29 August 2023offer prayers and exchange gifts
Thiruvonam Nakshathram begins at4:00 PM  29 August 2023
Thiruvonam Nakshathram ends at1:46 PM  29 August 2023

Significance of Onam 2023

In Indian mythology, the significance of Onam pertains to Lord Vishnu’s disguise as Vaman Avatar, which he used to put an end to King Mahabali’s excessively long rule. King Mahabali was one of history’s best and most powerful rulers, bringing splendour and wealth to his realm. He was tricked into making a desire he couldn’t make, and as a result, he received a punishment from the Brahman Devta in his Vaman Avatar form. He was relegated to a lower realm but given a blessing that allowed him to return to his kingdom once per year, which is today recognised as Onam Day.

The festival of Onam brings peace, prosperity, and unity to people. It is also known as the harvest festival of Kerala.


  • Women make different floral patterns(Pookkalam/Rangoli) on the floor with petals and illuminate lamps to welcome King Mahabali.
  • The day witnesses new clothes(Onakkodi) flaunted and donated.
  • The grand feast of 24 cuisines(Onam sadhya), including a sweet dish (Payasam), gets served on banana leaves.
  • The boat race is the sporty observance at the festival of Onam.
  • The day witnesses decorated elephants in the parades.
  • People install and worship Vaman Avatar idols(Thrikkakara appan/Onathappan).
  • Cultural activities like classical Kathakali dance, music, art, and cuisine make Onam festive and alive.
  • Marking the tourism week in Kerala, people disguise themselves as tigers for the Pulikali dance.

Wishes Messages Quotes

We wish you and your family a very Happy Onam 2023

I wish that this Onam fills your house and heart with pleasure and delight. Happy Onam 2023

I wish the essence of Onam grants you all the success in your life. Happy Onam!

This Onam, I wish for all your distress and pains to disappear. May you be bestowed with pleasure, wellness and accomplishment. Happy Onam 2023, from our family to yours!

I hope your life is as vivid as Pookalam and adequate with delight like the Onam Sadhya. I wish happiness and a Happy Onam to you and your family!

Vivid Pookalam, lively melodies, and delightful feast accomplished with prayers offer a happy life and a bright future. Happy Onam!

This Onam, may you be showered with success, prosperity, and happiness. Have a pleasant Onam 2023

Let’s celebrate the spirit of the harvest festival in all its brilliance, decorate the house with Pookalams, listen to the musical Onappattus, and experience the auspicious celebration of Onam!

Onam is an excellent time for family time. So this Onam, I wish you and your family a good time. Happy Onam!

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